One big crazy Friday: Part 1 (+ super protein muffin bowl for the win!)Posted: January 13, 2012
Today is not typical. At all. Maybe because it’s Friday the 13th????……
I’m not going to post yesterday’s bites, but I will share a few things. I stopped by Wegmans after work yesterday to pick up a few things for Florida, and noticed that this was on sale for $2 (for a 4-pack):
Although I am not a soda fan (except for Diet Virgil’s), I just had to try this. And I figured that I could take my sip and Greg would finish the rest. But, the 4-packs were always $5.99, and I am NOT paying that much for a sip of soda. The verdict? It was good. Nothing special.
I’d much rather have this:
I’ve been hoarding the last two pumpkin beers that we had- last night was a good time to break one out.
I want to take a minute to reflect on my breakfasts from the week. I’ve switched it up a bit to find other things (besides oatmeal) that will keep me full until lunchtime (which is almost 5 hours after I eat breakfast). It’s not that I ever get tired of oatmeal, but sometimes change is good! My breakfast yesterday was a winner- it tasted great and kept me full until lunch. And even by lunchtime, I was hungry at a “comfortable” level. I made two larger versions of the Vega “super protein” muffins previously made for a snack the day before. As I said before, I had never used protein powder in a bake or muffin before, and was a little skeptical. The protein in my muffins is usually just from egg whites and the nut butter that I spread on top!
Vega Super-Protein muffins (makes 2 large muffins)
2 heaping T Vega Health Optimizer (I divided the recipe and used Vanilla Chai and Chocolate)
2 heaping T other flour (I used oat and coconut)
1/2 tsp baking powder
dash of salt
2 T canned pumpkin
1/4 c liquid egg whites (could sub for one flax egg to make Vegan)
2-3 T unsweetened almond milk
Optional add-ins: fruit, chopped nuts, chocolate chips, etc.
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Batter should be somewhat thick, but able to easily pour (think pancake batter). Divide ingredients into two small bowls or ramekins. Microwave each on high for 3 1/2- 4 minutes, or until fully baked. Do not overcook.
I cut up both muffins into bite size pieces, but them in a bowl and topped it off with 1/2 c Greek yogurt, banana, berries and a tiny bit of sunflower butter (all I had left!)
Each bite looked like this:
Heavenly. Seriously- I enjoyed this so much. Looks like oatmeal has some competition!
Other breakfasts of the week included Overnight Oats on Monday:
Very filling- and able to sustain me through lunchtime.
Tuesday was Greek yogurt + cereal + fruit + nut butter
Delicious and filling at first, but I was hungry again 2 hours later, and ready to gnaw off my own arm by lunchtime.
Wednesday was old faithful warm oatmeal:
Always a winner, always filling.
Everything kind of looks similar, doesn’t it?
I bring my breakfast in storage containers and assemble it when I get to work- and pretty much always use the same bowl. And yes- I wash it. 🙂
Today I made a small smoothie w/ 1 T Vega Health optimizer, a handful of spinach, a few frozen fruit cubes, ice + water to get me through the first part of the morning. It’s dark and cold at 6:30 am…
I only came into work for a few hours this morning because I have my BODYPUMP ASSESSMENT FILMING today!! I’m going to eat something a little more substantial when I get home- something with carbs and fat for fuel! The filming is at noon, and I can not wait to get it over with. I’ve been busting my butt for 3 months to be ready for this, and it will be a huge weight off my shoulders (and hopefully I will “pass” and be completely certified!)
I started getting a sore throat last night (probably because I mentioned the other day that I never get sick- maybe once every 2 or 3 years!) and literally did not sleep a wink last night. Seriously- I laid in bed for 8 hours trying to fall asleep. I think it was a combination of the sore throat and excitement for today’s filming AND the fact that we are flying out to Florida tonight. I’m a total zombie today, but hope that I can pull it together and teach an amazing class at noon- I just have to dig really deep!
I’ll let you know what happens in part 2….